Sunday, August 19, 2012

News 8.19.2012

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News Sunday, August 19th, 2012

By: Masha Volynsky

* Request for David Rath's release will be heard in court on Monday.

* Central Banker says economic forecast may be worse than expected.

* Ceremony commemorates Romani victims at WWII internment camp.

* Dissident writer Kohout wins Austrian prize for improving relations.

* Kvitova loses to Kerber in Cincinnati Open semi-final.

Another request for Rath's release to be considered Monday

District court in Prague will hear another request for release on
Monday from the jailed former governor of Central Bohemia David Rath.
The court will decide whether the defendant can be released from jail
pending trial in exchange for bail payment and written affidavits, and
will set the amount of bail. Mr. Rath's girlfriend, father and mother
of one of his children offered to pay half a million Czech crowns each
for his release. Written guarantees were offered by 30 people,
including Norbert Badal, personal secretary to cardinal Dominik Duka.
Mr. Rath, who was arrested in May on corruption charges, spent three
month under stricter regime confinement, to avoid possible influencing
of witnesses. Currently, the former governor remains in jail with more
lenient visitation and communication rules, because of fears of flight
or continuation of illegal activities expressed by the prosecution.

CNB board member warns of worse prognosis for GDP

The Czech National Bank (CNB) will possibly lower its outlook for
economic development this year, said a member of the bank's governing
board Lubomir Lizal on a Czech Television talkshow on Sunday. CNB's
August forecast estimated a 0.9 % fall of GDP in 2012. But Mr. Lizal
said economic performance this year is actually worse than the CNB
expected, and the forecast may have to be revised to reflect that. At
the same time the CNB expects an economic revitalisation to begin at
the end of the year and is predicting 0.8% expansion of the Czech
economy in 2013.

Romani victims of the holocaust commemorated at Moravian camp

On Sunday, a ceremony commemorating the Romani victims of Nazi
persecution during World War II took place in the town of Hodonin u
Kunstatu in central Moravia. The ceremony was held on an anniversary of
the largest transports of Roman to Auschwitz. Around 1400 Moravian Roma
were interned at the so-called "Gypsy camp" in Hodonin in the years
1942-43. Three hundred of them died at the camp, while the others were
sent to the death camps in Auschwitz. A memorial will be erected in
Hodonin u Kunstatu most likely in August 1916 in commemoration of
Romani victims. After the war, the Hodonin camp was used to intern
Germans who could not be deported from Czechoslovakia, in accordance
with the Benes decrees, because of health problems or old age. And
later briefly served as a Communist forced labour camp for political

Pavel Kohout receives prize for supporting Austro-Czech relations

The first prize from the Waldviertel Academy in Austria was awarded to
the Czech writer and former dissident Pavel Kohout for his long-time
contributions to improving Austro-Czech relations. The 84-year-old
novelist, playwright and poet was expelled from the Communist Party of
Czechoslovakia in 1969 and became one of the main initiators and
signatories of the dissident document Charter 77. In 1979 he was not
allowed to return to Czechoslovakia after a visit to Austria, where he
remains to this day.

Kvitova ends in Cincinnati semi-final

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova lost to the seventh seed Angelique
Kerber from Germany in the Cincinnati Open semi-final. This year's
Wimbeldon semi-finalist Kerber beat fifth seed Kvitova 1:6, 6:2, 4:6 in
one hour and 53 minute long match. Kvitova lost to Kerber in May of
this year in Rome.

E-books grow in popularity in the Czech Republic

This year saw a considerable rise in the sale of electronic books and
e-book readers in the Czech Republic. According to the internet server, the number of e-books sold in July 2012 saw a year-on-year
increase of 43%. E-books now make up one percent of all books sold in
the Czech Republic, compared to 0.03% last year. The most popular
genres of books downloaded in electronic form in Czech are fantasy and
detective fiction. The increasing popularity of e-book readers in the
country is partly due to their quickly decreasing prices. The average
price for an e-book reader fell by a third from last year, to 3,049
Czech crowns, while for an e-book it is 169 crowns, according to


Sunday will be sunny with highs of 31 to 35 degrees Celsius, between 24
and 28 degrees in the mountains.

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singer, songwriter, occasional fashion designer and a very nice woman -
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